HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is calling for support on Monday for the legislation known as Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

The legislation is designed to help small business owners with the impacts of COVID-19. It passed the House of Representatives Saturday by a vote of 363 to 40.

Blumenthal was in the state this weekend before heading back down to Washington D.C.

He met with small business owners in Hartford who are anxious to have the federal relief package voted on.

The unemployment benefits and paid sick leave may be the only relief their employees have during a long shut down.

The Senate should pass the House measure by unanimous consent right now…Mitch McConnell has the power to do it today, right now.

– Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

Blumenthal said a third relief package may be needed. He is pushing leaders to add flexibility for business in the form of a tax write-off that could be carried into the future.

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